Blackheath & Bromley Harriers strike gold at Sainsbury’s School Games

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 September 2013

Four Blackheath & Bromley athletes came away from the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in Sheffield with gold medals at the weekend.

Kerri Davidson not only set a personal best of 12.32m in the triple jump, but her distance was also the second furthest of all time in the under 17s age group.

It was also, of course a new club record for the John Vernon coached athlete. John also coaches the mens winner Stefan Amokwandoh who took the title with a leap of 14.37m.

The other two gold medallists are both coached by John Blackie and are the Hylton twins. Shannon won the 200m in 23.87s, while Cheriece won a close fought 300m race by six hundredths of a second in 39.33s.

More national success for club athletes came at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham.

Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen won the over 40s javelin with a throw of 53.78m, Allan Williams won the over 60s pole vault with a clearance of 3.40m, and Roger Michell took the over 65s 5000m walk title in 29.27.72s.

Roger also won silver in the 3000m walk as did Alex Gibbins in the over 35s 1500m. Alex also won bronze in the 5000m.

In America, Alex Bruce Littlewood won the Justin F. Cooper memorial Rice invitational 6km cross country race at Rice university, Houston, Texas on Friday, having finished 2nd and 3rd in 2011 and 2012.

After two of his highest-ever mileage training weeks he had no great expectations for the race, but after working through to second place at the final turn with 200m to go, he easily sprinted clear and was able to jog the last 50m, finishing in 16.44 minutes.

The good news for the club is that Alex will be moving back to the UK at that start of the year with the Kent County Championships set to be his first race back on home soil.

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